The Campbell River Storm made two key moves Wednesday.
Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Lee Stone announced the re-acquisition of 1996 forward Colin Blake who spent a season and a half with the Storm before joining the Sicamous Eagles as well as the commitment of 1996 born forward Christian Brandt from the Okanagan Hockey Academy prep team.
Blake of Maple Ridge, B.C., was acquired in a trade with the Sicamous Eagles of the KIJHL. He first played for the Storm in his sixteen-year-old season and parts of his seventeen-year-old season before joining the Eagles. In 25 games with the Eagles this past season Blake scored eight goals, and added 11 assists for 19 points.
“I am very excited to be back in front of an amazing fan base and such an incredibly supportive city,” Blake said. “I am looking to be a key guy this upcoming year and I expect myself to be a leader on and off the ice and be a mentor for some of the younger players coming up.”
Later the same day, Stone announced the commitment from Brandt of Duncan, B.C. Brandt spent the last two seasons with the Okanagan Hockey Academy prep team playing in one of the best Midget programs in B.C. This past season Brandt tallied 11 goals, and 16 points in 42 games while adding 12 penalty minutes.
“I am most excited about the great fans and community.My goal for the season is to help the team, wherever possible, to get two points every night we step on the ice. I hope to help bring back a Championship to Campbell River and take my game to the next level (Junior A) and beyond.”
Blake and Brandt are both expected to be in Campbell River for camp August 1 when the season begins for the Storm. The Storm continue recruiting and building towards next season as Coach Stone believes several players could be moving on.
“We lose five players due to age, and those players were key pieces to our lineup. We have several high end players that we feel will move onto the next level. Our roster could see some significant changes outside of the core returning.”